re·bec also re·beck (rēbĕk′)
A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.
[French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by bec, beak, from its shape) of rebebe, from Old Provençal rebeb, from Arabic rabāb, from rabba, to be master, control; see rbb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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